Under 16s Tri Counties squad selected

Monday 20 October 2014 Written by: Adam

Newcastle Falcons is pleased to announce the Under 16 squad selected for the Tri Counties team 2014/15.

Selected over a three week period when Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria play against one another, the Tri Counties team then goes on to play Yorkshire, Cheshire and Lancashire.

Falcons Academy Head Coach James Ponton said: “Fielding a strong Tri Counties side against the more southern counties enables more players from Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria to make their way into the North of England squad and hopefully push on further from there.”

This season sees a 32 man squad head into training at Barnard Castle School. That squad will be whittled down further to 22 for each of the three upcoming games.

The Tri Counties training session will take place on Wednesday 22nd October starting from 6pm with a briefing for parents. All members of the squad are expected to report to Barnard Castle School, County Durham (DL12 8UN) for this session.

The games will then be played as follows:

– vs Cheshire: Sunday 26th October, Queen Ethelberga, Thorpe Underwood Hall, Thorpe Green Lane, York, YO26 9SS
– vs Yorkshire: Sunday 2nd November, Kings Macclesfield School, Cumberland Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1DA
– vs Lancashire, Sunday 9th November, Giggleswick School, Giggleswick, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0DE
(Please note that all game details are subject to change. Please check up-to-date information before travelling).

The 32 man Under 16s Tri Counties squad comprises:

Mike Newstead, Cumbria
Tom Tulley, Northumberland
Tristan Grant, Durham
John Short, Cumbria
David Whittle, Cumbria
Charlie Rutherford Northumberland
Ryan Allen, Durham
Alex Hayton, Northumberland
Jack Johnson, Durham
Ben Walton, Durham
Josh Gray, Durham
Jamie Adamson, Durham
Joe Johnson, Northumberland
Drew Davidson, Durham
Niall Coombe, Cumbria
Fraser McNee, Cumbria
Isaac Brace, Durham

Alex Pantechis, Cumbria
Jack Sullivan, Cumbria
Jake Rodgers, Northumberland
Charlie Wilson, Northumberland
Joe Pickering, Durham
Ikenna Obonna, Northumberland
Benji Platt, Cumbria
John Clouston, Durham
Liam King, Durham
Josh Watson, Cumbria
Zak Day, Durham
Kyle Kitney, Cumbria
Seb Reece, Northumberland
Alex Tait, Northumberland
Jamie Wrigley, Northumberland

The Under 16s Tri Counties coaching team for this year is comprised of three coaches, one from each county represented; Graham Kidd of Cumbria will coach the forwards while Durham’s Phil Wallis coaches the backs and Mick Sutherland of Northumberland takes on the role of Defence Coach.

Falcons Academy Head Coach James Ponton is overseeing this year’s Tri Counties project and can be contacted with any questions or queries via james.ponton@newcastle-falcons.co.uk or on 07775850986.